To celebrate tap dance and related cultural arts as vehicles of learning, human expression, and thriving communities.
Vision and Mandate
We envision spaces in which the cultural values of growth, care, cooperation, excellence, and grace, are experienced, engendered, and expressed with joy through the physical practice of tap dance and related cultural arts. This is achieved through the activities of training for all levels, ages, and body types; sharing the arts and celebrating unique voices in performance; and producing events designed to gather communities together.
We do this by fulfilling our mandate which includes:
- VanTap Academy: dozens of classes for all ages.
- Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival: our annual festival dedicated to spreading the joy of tap dance and providing dancers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from many internationally-renowned tap dancers, and stellar performers.
- TapCo: our professional youth performance ensemble.
- Outreach Program: provides classes to hundreds of children each year in local schools.
A Passion For Tap Dance
Hallmarks of VanTap include our professional faculty, a commitment to preserving the legacy of the tap masters, and high profile performance and training opportunities, focusing on developing technical prowess.
The Vancouver Tap Dance Society was co-founded by Lana Caputi and Sas Selfjord in 1995. Being a hub for tap dancers is an artistic and operational challenge, and the Society has grown and thrived through the efforts of our many dedicated staff, faculty, and volunteers. The Vancouver Tap Dance Society is committed to spearheading projects to promote tap dance to the public, including bringing international shows to the Vancouver stage. We deliver comprehensive training opportunities from novice to professional dancers and provide the infrastructure needed to share the art of tap dance with the community.